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'It means a lot to me': Phil Collins honoured with the Icon Award at Nordoff Robbins charity gala

Music legend Phil Collins was honoured at the 02 Silver Clef Awards on Friday - receiving an Innovation Award in celebration of his storied career.

The In The Air Tonight singer appeared at the event which aiemd to raise money for the Nordoff Robbins charity - which helps vulnerable children and adults through music.

Presented by BBC Radio presenter Edith Bowman at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, Phil, 66, took to the stage to thank the audience for his honour - still looking banged up from his fall earlier in the month.

Limping with the help of a walking stick, Phil posed with fellow music legend Eric Clapton at the event.

Phil said: 'Thank you very much for giving me this award. The work that Nordoff Robbins do is quite staggering and it's lovely to get in and reach the people who need to be reached.

'So it's a wonderful story really, going from strength to strength.

'It does mean a lot to me - I look a bit of a shambles with a stick and limping but that's the result of back surgery and a dodgy foot, but I can still sing and I'm across the road in the garden later (Hyde Park) - but thank you very much for inviting me.'

The star studded event featured an auction with music prizes on offer including a Phil Collins signed drum skin, a Nile Rodgers signed Fender guitar, an original James Bond Goldfinger poster signed by Shirley Bassey, Ed Sheeran signed lyrics, gold disc and Marshall amplifier and even a round of golf with Alice Cooper.

The event raised £663,000 for Nordoff Robbins foundation.

The veteran star is still in considerable pain after suffering a fall earlier this month and has reportedly found using the small motorised vehicle to the travel short distance from his dressing room to the performance area invaluable.

Consequently sources told The Sun he would have one on hand for his headlining show at the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival's opening night.

An insider said: 'Phil has been very open about his back and leg problems and his recent accident hasn't helped the situation.

'He's hobbling about with a stick and has had to take the extra step of using the buggy to help him get through. It just shows what a professional he is.

'Fans would never know the discomfort he is still in. His focus and commitment are unbelievable.'

A host of other music icons were honoured at the charity gala.

Nile Rodgers, winner of the Raymond Weil International Award, said: 'I can't believe this, that I'm in this room with Eric Clapton, Phil Collins.

'When I was a kid I used to dream of being in the rock and roll business. It's unbelievable, it's so incredible to me. I thank you. I am so honoured.'

While Mumford & Sons won the Royal Albert Hall Best Group Award.

Marcus Mumford said: 'We're really honoured to be here today.

'Robert Plant just said some really nice things about our band and I can't tell you what that means to us.

'We're really honoured to be a part of this community, this rich music industry and the legacy and the heritage.

'We genuinely really are honoured to be part of it and we thank you.'

Perrie and Leigh-Ann from Little Mix, the winners of the public vote for the Ticketmaster Best Live Act Award, said by pre-recorded message: 'Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for voting for us as the Best Live Act.

We are so proud to be the first female act to win the award, it is such an honour.'

Earlier this month, Phil performed at Dublin's Aviva Stadium as part of his Not Dead Yet stadium tour - but had to work his way through the gig sitting down.

He told the crowd: 'Good evening Dublin, good evening Ireland in general.

'I have said many times before that I would stop doing this - concerts, tours in general. But I'm here because I missed you.

'I have to do this concert sitting down though. I am, as you might say, f***ed.'

Phil - who has spent the last 10 years in semi-retirement due to a dislocated vertebrae in his neck before making his return to the live music scene this year - was forced to cancel shows when he fell and hit his head on a chair as he walked to the toilet in his hotel room and, after having stitches on a gash on his forehead, was kept in hospital under observation.

Shortly after the accident Phil was at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany sporting war wounds but clearly thrilled to be entertaining his fans again.

The singer even received a standing ovation as he sported a plaster above his eye covering the gash that he acquired from the nasty fall.

The extent of the rock legend's head injury was seen for the first time last night as the sizable plaster covered what was apparently a two inch cut.

The singer performed in front of 16,000 people at the venue - a mean feat given that the terrible fall that forced him to postpone his last two concerts in London only happened a few days before.

The long deep cut was just above his left eye and he opened the show defiantly with his track Against All Odds.

He had to perform some of the set sat down, but the consummate professional rocked on regardless.

© dailymail, by Rod Ardehali

Last modified onSaturday, 01 July 2017 16:58

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